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Connelly’s Top Ten: Yankees Staff, Popular Athletes, Complete Games

Roger Clemens sure has changed over the years. (Image from Crawdaddycrove.com)

1. Red Sox:

Dustin Pedroia is hitting .222 with men in scoring position.

2. Celtics:

Kevin Garnett took a 48% pay cut to come back to Boston.

3. Patriots:

Rob Gronkowski has 132 catches and 27 touchdowns in two years / Ron Francis had 207 catches 28 touchdowns in eight years

4. Roger Clemens:

Joe Torre says that Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame. If his career ended with the Red Sox as he was in the twilight of his career, he would have been:

* 192-111
* 3.06 ERA
* 2,590 K’s

5. Hall of Fame Pitchers:

Pitchers with 2,500 strikeouts not in the Hall of Fame despite being eligible:

* Mickey Lolich, Frank Tanana, David Cone, Chuck Finley, Jerry Koosman, Javier Vazquez (soon to be eligible)

6. Yankees Pithching Staff:

The Yanks staff is now without Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda and Joba Chamberlain.

7. Amazing Stat:

Out of the last 402 games, Jacoby Ellsbury has played in 183 / over the same time period JD Drew played in 220 (and he’s not even on the team this year)

8. Old School:

In 1976, the top three in the Cy Young voting had the following complete games that year:

1. Jim Palmer – 23
2. Mark Fidrych – 24
3. Frank Tanana – 23

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Top Ten most popular players in Boston sports:

1. Tom Brady
2. Kevin Garnett
3. David Ortiz
4. Dustin Pedroia
5. Rob Gronkowski
6. Wes Welker
7. Milan Lucic
8. Rajon Rondo
9. Shawn Thornton
10. Tim Thomas

10. Randomocity:

* I wonder what Bobby Valentine invented this week?
* The Dream Team documentary was a B
* Spain is wicked good – they pass like the Russian hockey team used to
* Swimming on TV can be boring
* It would be cool to watch a big Track and Field meet at Hayward Field in Oregon
* With Tiger zeroing in – the Golden Bear will hold his breath with PGA coming up
* The Celtics will get Ray Allen back if the Rondo-Allen rift isn’t at the point of no return
* I’m so sick of hearing about Dwight Howard and trades
* Pot sales must be through the roof in Los Angeles with the X Games in full bloom
* Can’t believe the Patriots lost the 2007 Super Bowl

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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